More than 2,000 years ago a star burst through the darkness and signaled the long-awaited but still unexpected birth of a Savior. Today another star shines, piercing the darkness of our lives with hope, love, joy, and peace. His name is Jesus and his light shines, drawing us into the journey of following him.
In this month of December you are invited to follow the star on a journey to Christmas in our Sunday morning worship celebrations. It’s not just about the destination but about a journey of discovering afresh the hope, love, joy, and peace that can be yours by drawing near to Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Christmas is a time to get intentional about remembering Jesus and celebrating what his birth means. Not only does this season remind us of the first time Jesus came into our world at his birth, but it also challenges us to be alert for the second time when he will come into our world and usher in eternity.
Part of our Sunday morning worship in this Christmas season will include the lighting of candles on an Advent wreath. Advent means “coming,” and the circular shape of the wreath represents God’s unending love for us. The lighting of five candles throughout the season represents Jesus’ coming to a world lost in darkness. His entry into our experience brings hope, love, joy, and peace to us. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
It is easy to let this season become a time of frenzied busyness. But by being intentional in your effort to go to church, pray every day, and show the love of Christ to people with whom you interact, you can make Christmastime a season of wonder for you and those around you. Just as the star led the Magi to Jesus so many years ago, may the Holy Spirit lead you as you embark on a journey of hope, love, joy, and peace when we worship the Lord each Sunday in December.
Taking the spiritual journey with you,